This past week I have been thinking of golden wheat fields and love.
Reconnecting with relatives is such an eye opener and joy! My father’s family in Kansas is working this weekend on putting stories and photos of years gone by into one collective spot. They asked if I had any memories or stories to share.
Wow – do I have stories or memories? That’s an understatement.
With very few exceptions, our family traveled first to Kansas from Idaho, then from Montana, every summer. For two weeks! That didn’t necessarily thrill my mother but for my father going home to his loved ones was simply something his soul needed. He needed to be around his people. It was like he needed to be refreshed.
For his three young girls, we were thrilled beyond thrilled to go to a place where there was nothing but unconditional love and TONS of it!
As I put together my thoughts and memories it brought me to a song my two sisters and I sang often for my Dad through the years.
It was a wonderful John Denver song, Matthew. My father’s oldest brother, Uncle Kenny, reminded us of that song. He was the oldest Son of 10 brothers and sisters.
I had not realized that this song was written by John Denver’s uncle Dean. It is really one of the most poignant of all JD’s songs. For anyone with their roots in farming and the soil, this sad but triumphant ballad strikes to the very heart. I have met people like Uncle Matthew in communities all over the world – people whose religious outlook on life, and enjoyment of simple pleasures, form the bedrock of our civilization. Anyone who thinks they are more important than the next man, sophisticated, above the crowd, then sing this song and remember that no prince, king or president can rise above the lowliest amongst us when faced with great adversity. A beautiful simple ballad and one of the best amongst many fine songs produced by JD- annon
Thanks to my family in Kansas– helping me realize and remember the love that never ends.
Since January 1st 2010 -- I have been celebrating finding Beauty in our every day lives. Stay in the Day... be in the moment. Don't wait to live your life.
Stop and make a habit to find the Beauty and you will be amazed at how Beautiful your life is. Be thankful and remember:
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Dyer